It’s rare for an entire group to dodge dating scandals for 9 years, but Apink has successfully done it.
For non-celebs, dating is an ordinary part of life, but for idols dating can be dangerous. Even dating rumors have the power to negatively impact an idol’s career, depending on whether or not the public approves of their alleged relationship.
The longer a group has been around, the more likely they are to get swept up in dating scandals. This is because the likelihood of dating usually increases as the members age.
Apink debuted way back in 2011, but since then every single one of their 6 current members has avoided falling victim to dating controversies.
This is even more impressive, considering that the members have publicly spoken about dating several times. For instance, Naeun talked about how idols secretly ask each other out on dates, during her guest appearance on Radio Star.
Although some fans hoped she would date her We Got Married “husband”, SHINee‘s Taemin, Naeun did not experience any notable controversies as a result of this on-screen romance.
Other members, like Eunji, have openly expressed their thoughts on dating as well.
“Because I’m an idol, I’m worried about my fans getting hurt about me dating. But I don’t think dating itself is bad. Sometimes I wonder why we have to be so secretive about it.” — Eunji
Apink is known to be close with BTOB, but even though the two groups have openly enjoyed one another’s company…
…on many occasions…
…they haven’t been subject to dating controversies.
THERE ARE LIKE SO MANY SIDE SHIPS OUTSIDE APINK AND STILL NO DATING SCANDALS HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHA
— Icka 🌈 (@itfeelschorong) May 2, 2017
4 yrs for apink without having real dating scandals i love my fairy queens
— ashley (@ultbomi) October 20, 2015
wow lol a group chat of apink and btob is leaked and apink still has no dating rumors/ scandals I love having unproblematic faves👀👀
— sailormarz🌙 (@moniiluvsapink) May 6, 2017
one does not simply put an apink member and dating scandals together in one sentence
— ji misses w1 (@jijhoons) July 2, 2014
Dispatch never get any Apink's dating scandal. Why?
— POLLS ARE SUBMITTED (@Kpop_Polling) August 10, 2016
Fans have, however, had fun shipping the girls with idols of their choice!
Ugh… why Changsub is so shipable?
I watched law of the jungle and now i ship him with Park Se Young.
I watched bbyu's wgm i ship him with Irene. And i ship him with Yeri & Joy but as siblings. 😅😅
And i watched his interaction with Apink's Chorong, and i ship him with her too.
— NaNaNa One More Time Friend (@SJBornToBeFACT) October 15, 2018
EXOPink = EXO + APink.
Go find your another Shipname because we ship them since 7 years.
— ExoPink (@EsraJimin) October 13, 2018
Apink Naeun is secretly in love with Tzuyu to the point that she is shy to talk to her but she confesses on National TV. OMG. I ship.
— nachaeyu's braces (@ChaeSmolTzuTol) August 1, 2018
For more, check out this list of idols who haven’t had dating scandals either.